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Saturday, 7 January 2012 in Belmont, Massachusetts

2012 Wrestling TournamentIt was a great day for high school wrestling for the eleventh Annual Brendan Grant Memorial Wrestling Tournament. As in previous years the full-day tourney was held at Belmont High School on the first Saturday in January, which for 2012 was on the 7th. The dedicated efforts of numerous hardworking volunteers and a strong field of athletes provided yet another successful and well-run tournament.

This particular high school wrestling tournament was first held in January 1982, and was renamed in 2002 as a tribute to Brendan Grant who was a member of the wrestling team for four years and a senior captain in the 1999-2000 seasons. Thus, while this is the 11th Annual tournament named after Brendan, overall it is the 31th Annual Belmont Wrestling Tournament.
2012 Wrestling Tournament
The format for the event was similar to previous years, and included the following sixteen New England area high school teams: Arlington MA, Belmont MA (host team), Boston College High (Boston, MA), Brookline, Catholic Memorial (West Roxbury, MA), Concord/Carlisle MA, Durfee (Fall River, MA), East Providence RI, Josiah Quincy Upper School (Boston, MA), Lexington MA, Masconomet (Topsfield, MA), Needham MA, Newton North (Newton, MA), North Quincy (Quincy, MA), Wakefield MA, and Woburn MA.

At the end of the day, the first place team winner was the returning powerhouse squad from Needham, which ended the tournament with the top team score for the third year in row. The final team standings were:
#1 Needham (198.0)
#2 Masconomet (156.0)
#3 East Providence (149.0)
#4 Catholic Memorial (138.5)
#5 Woburn (130.5)
#6 Durfee (121.5)
#7 Wakefield (115.0)
#8 Arlington (101.0)
#9 Josiah Quincy Upper School (99.5)
#10 Belmont (95.0)
#11 Concord-Carlisle (91.0)
#12 Brookline (85.5)
#13 Lexington (83.5)
#14 Newton North (77.0)
#15 Boston College High (11 .0)
#16 North Quincy (0.0)

2012 Wrestling TournamentA summary of the top six placing wrestlers in each weight class from the 2012 tournament is now available, as well as a summary of the team scores since 2003. The overall ranking of each team participating in the tournament since 2003 is also available sorted by (1) rank and (2) sorted alphabetically.  The 2011 Outstanding Wrestler, as voted by all 16 coaches at the conclusion of tournament, was Sami Baghdady, the 132 lb wrestler from Belmont.

It was an unseasonably warm fair-weather day for this year’s Tournament. This event is hosted annually by the Friends of Belmont Wrestling in conjunction with Belmont High School, and it is their single fundamental fundraising event.
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In January 2002 the tournament was renamed in honor of Brendan Grant, BHS class of 2000, and who passed away tragically in June of 2001. Brendan was a devoted member of the Tournament's host wrestling squad during all four of his high school years, and during the 1999-2000 season he was one of the team captains that led the squad to one of their more successful seasons during those years.

This year's January 2012 invitational wrestling tournament was once again a wonderful success. Next year’s tournament is scheduled for the first Saturday in January, and we hope you can join us!